Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Wave Lord is living the Life of a Rap Star

Halifax-based rapper Wave Lord's latest album is available now.

Halifax-based rapper Wave Lord‘s latest album, Life of a Rap Star, is available now. He celebrates the release on January 14 in a show with Arenye at Level8 Night Club.

It’s probably my greatest album to date. I’m very proud of how it turned out; it only raises the bar higher for my future projects.

In this Q&A, we learn more about the artist and the album.

You can find out more about Wave Lord and his new album on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.

This interview has been edited.

Please introduce yourself to our readers.

My name’s Wave Lord; people call me Wave for short. I got the nickname way back in high school when people said I was on my “own wave” because I never followed trends and was comfortable being the outcast that could hang.

How do you describe Life of a Rap Star?

It’s probably my greatest album to date. I put so much work into this one, from writing the lyrics to spending countless hours in the studio with Jordan Metro. I’m very proud of how it turned out; it only raises the bar for future projects.

Why did you choose Life of a Rap Star as the album title?

Life as a Rap Star is available on streaming platforms now.
Life as a Rap Star is available on streaming platforms now.

I was trying to think of a name for the album for a while, and then it hit me! I moved to Halifax in 2014 and have taken my music career seriously since 2015. Since then, I’ve grown year by year from a fish out of water nobody cared to know about to a big ass shark that makes fans jump, and rivals shut df up! I had a chip on my shoulder from then, and when I made the album, I felt like I was truly at a point where I’m showing people what it’s like to be a rap star.

What was the inspiration for the album? Is there a theme?

I’m from a tiny island in The Bahamas called Nassau. We don’t have a music scene there. I moved here for school initially, but I knew there would be at least an inkling of a music scene here in Halifax. Unfortunately, there’s not a big rap scene here at all, and since I started making music and doing shows here, I felt like I’m the only black rapper that’s really taking this seriously. So every year, I’m dropping something major. I don’t care if it does 100 or 10,000 views; I’ll make it quality, and I’ll make it hit hard.
So when I made Life of A Rap Star, I intended to show people who were unfamiliar with me or sleeping on me that this is my life. I’m doing this for real. And I’m really damn good at what I do.
That’s why the artwork shows people reaching out to me, but I pay them no mind; I’ve always been on my own wave and ain’t shit change.

What is your favourite song to perform off the album, and why?

No Durag, for sure! I love 40/40 as well. They are real club bangers. People go crazy when they hear No Durag. From that first bass drop, I love seeing the smug looks on hater’s faces wipe clean as they can’t help but rock to my beats and flow. Same for 40/40, but No Durag’s hook is super contagious, so the crowd usually jumps in on it, and they sometimes perform the song for me; it’s a great feeling.

What’s next for Wave Lord?

I’m working on a lot of different things. We’re in the works of reviving a local hip-hop series, bringing back the battle rap scene and starting the reboot of the IBEX podcast. I’ve got a tour in the planning stages for spring and another EP slated for a springtime release, but that’s an entire marketing campaign away.

You can find out more about Wave Lord and his new album on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.

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